My Yankari diary

First opened to the general public in december 1962, Yankari Game Reserve, Bauchi is the oldest wildlife conservation area and ecotourism destination in West Africa, Its history dates back to 1956. Continue reading My Yankari diary

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Urban Culture – Historical Continuity, about Nigeria today, fearlessly looking towards the future.

Bolaji Alonge, ake Eyes of a Lagos Boy, presented his second solo photo exhibition “Urban Culture – Historical Continuity” at One Draw Gallery from 11 to 25 November 2018, curated by Segun Adejumo. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/11/bolaji-alonges-photographic-exhibition-takes-us-through-urban-culture-and-historical-continuity/ During the two weeks of the exhibition, several well attended events were held at the gallery, the official opening on 11th November, an opportunity to meet with the artist on Sunday … Continue reading Urban Culture – Historical Continuity, about Nigeria today, fearlessly looking towards the future.

Kuramo- Beauty in the eyes of the beer holder

Something happened to Lagos nightlife in the past decade that many in the rush of their everyday existence have seemingly forgotten. There was a unique way of life for a generation that went through the battering of the 90’ies, suffering from the lack of basic amenities and recovering from the brink of war and crises around the country due to the annulment of a national … Continue reading Kuramo- Beauty in the eyes of the beer holder

Made Kuti, A Dynasty in continuum

Showtime on 29th July 2018. Venue, Central Park New York, a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. Femi Anikulapo-kuti and The Positive Force were scheduled to play a free open-air concert at the annual Summerstage festival. Fans were excited, including my fiancée and her mom. It was a concert she had been particularly looking forward to as she had seen Femi playing live at the Afrika Shrine … Continue reading Made Kuti, A Dynasty in continuum

Action Plan! Eyes Of A Lagos Boy Photography

Prof Wole Soyinka and Bolaji Alonge at the Eyes of A Lagos Boy Photo Exhibition.

 

A revolution in the Nigerian Photography scene was ignited in 2017. Eyes Of A Lagos Boy (Bolaji Alonge) rolled out some photos taken around the world, underwater, overland and from the skies, triggering a unique kind of Photography in Nigeria.

Of course, Nigeria we can arguably state has some of the best Photographers in the world and the race to Documenting History is on.

The African must be able to tell his/her story. mainly from the African eye using Photography and history not just for those here and around today but with the ultimate aim of reaching out to generations unborn.

A people with the knowledge of their own HISTORY are proud people. Africa is contributing its part in the Information Highway and with the internet at our disposal, there’s never a better time to do so.

The Eyes of A Lagos Boy Photo Exhibition held at Freedom Park, Lagos (A formal Colonial Prison from the 19th century) created quite a buzz, drawing people from all walks of life, Students, photographers, Captain of Industries, Members of the Diplomatic Corp and Africa’s first Nobel Laureate (Literature) Emeritus Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The photos in the following were exhibited to the excitement of the public and the response positive, leading to sales of T- Shirts and a popular call for another Exhibition talking about the Nigerian experience

These Photos were on sale and almost all flew off the walls by the end of the Photo Exhibition.

They are still on sale and you can get yours.

Continue reading “Action Plan! Eyes Of A Lagos Boy Photography”

Black Blood – A Poem By Matthew Blaise

A white man once asked me: why are you black? I shrugged, hid the detest of the hate he spat under my unceasing laughter, stood still, and sent my eyeballs into his eyes so even when he shuts them he could still see me. I answered: My melanin filled skin comes with an unfathomed stubbornness, that whenever I bathe the surface with bleached oil, I … Continue reading Black Blood – A Poem By Matthew Blaise

Documenting History (The TVC Interview)- Bolaji Alonge

The campaign on Documenting History is generating a huge interest by the Nigerian and international audience. I was invited to the studios of one of Nigeria’s largest TV stations, TV Continental.  On the ten minute interview on the breakfast show ‘Wake Up Nigeria‘, I highlight my desire for the African kid to pick up the camera and take pictures of his environment to then upload … Continue reading Documenting History (The TVC Interview)- Bolaji Alonge